Shane Wilkinson is taken through Townsville Airport by police. Picture: Evan Morgan
Shane Wilkinson is taken through Townsville Airport by police. Picture: Evan Morgan

Accused predator targeted teen, followed family to Qld

A MAN allegedly followed a family when they moved to Townsville and ingratiated himself to them to continue a sexual relationship with their teenage son.

Shane Wilkinson, 47, was extradited from Sydney to Townsville on Saturday and will face court this morning accused of maintaining a sexual relationship with the boy, 14, in 2006 and 2007.

Townsville Child Protection Investigation Unit detectives flew to Sydney last week to track down the homeless Wilkinson. He faces charges of sodomy, maintaining a sexual relationship with a child and five counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

CPIU officer-in-charge detective Senior Sergeant Dave Miles said police would allege Wilkinson groomed the boy and followed him to Townsville when his family moved.

"We will allege the accused started an online relationship with the child, who was 14 at the time, which has then progressed to a physical relationship," he said.

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